British Actor Julian Sands Channels the Life of Harold Pinter at the Quick
British stage and film actor Julian Sands presents an extremely personal tribute to poet, playwright, and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter in the one-man performance of “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” live, on-stage at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Tickets are $45, $40, $35, and $5 for Fairfield University students. The one-night-only performance is generously supported by corporate sponsors Sheaffer and the Westport Inn. (Note: This performance contains mature language.)
In “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” Julian Sands combines Harold Pinter’s poems and political prose with personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together to create a very fresh and intimate insight into a passionate, opinionated, and enigmatic man. The production was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award and directed by John Malkovich, with Sands’ performance getting high praise. “When he reads Pinter’s poems... you feel the playwright’s presence,” writes The New York Times. And Variety adds, “...an austere, ascetic and restrained performance, one that captures the pugnacity, precision, and a little of the dry humor of an exacting writer.”
The genesis of “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” took place in 2005, when Julian Sands was approached by Harold Pinter to prepare a selection of his poems for a special presentation in London. Pinter “apprenticed” Mr. Sands, spending hours sharing his feelings on how his work should be delivered. Every pause, every nuance in tone, had, and has meaning. A bond was established between these two artists - one that gives a distinctive and very personal voice to Pinter’s words. This extraordinary collaboration became the foundation for a wonderfully rich, humorous, and fascinating solo show directed by John Malkovich. Performances at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and in New York at The Irish Repertory Theatre were followed by engagements at Steppenwolf in Chicago, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, as well as in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Budapest, London, and Paris. This is an evening of Homeric theater with an extraordinary actor, great words, and an audience, devoid of pretension or glittery trappings.
British actor Julian Sands is frequently seen worldwide in films, on stage, and on television. He trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in over 100 films including the Oscar® nominated The Killing Fields, A Room With A View, Impromptu, Leaving Las Vegas, Arachnophobia, Oceans 13, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Television appearances include 24, the iconic Jor-El in Smallville, and as the James Bond of ghost busters in Stephen King's Rose Red. Most recently he filmed roles on Dexter and Banshee. His theatre and radio work is also extensive and diverse. Julian was honored for playing Tony Blair in David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Mark Taper Forum, and performed opposite Annette Bening in Female of the Species at The Geffen in Los Angeles. Born in Yorkshire, England, and wanting to be an actor from an early age, he was able to gain experience in many school productions before attending the renowned Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Though he first anticipated a career in classical theatre, it was his work in film that led to his early successes. He just completed the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.
Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.
Pictured Julian Sands; photo by Baldur Bragason.